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23 Dec 2008 description

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a separatist rebel group active in the eastern Ethiopian region inhabited prevalently by Somalis, called on the United Nations to send a team to investigate what it defied as "a massacre of innocent civilians" in mid December by Ethiopian government forces. The rebels report the killing of 50 civilians in an army attack on the two villages of Mooyaha and Galalshe on December 17 and 18, accusing the government of now "attempting to cover up the evidence of the massacre".

11 Dec 2008 description
report Xinhua

by Gu Zhenqiu

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- UN staff members from Algiers and New York gathered here Thursday to pay tribute to 17 of their colleagues, who were killed in the terrorist attacks in Algiers, on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the UN Headquarters in the Algerian capital.

The UN staff members, who were from Algeria, Denmark, the Philippines and Senegal, were killed while working for various UN agencies to render humanitarian relief to the Algerian people in need.

"One year after the attack, we still feel the …

05 Dec 2008 description

At least 15 civilians were killed during an attack by Ethiopian troops in a village north of Mogadishu. Eyewitnesses denounced the attack at the village of Al-Tawfiqiya to the Somali press, adding that 15 mortar shells fell near the market area of the small inhabited area, which also wounded 30 people. "One of the howitzer shells hit a spot very close to my shop - said a resident to 'Radio Shabelle', killing five people on the spot, all women and children".

21 Nov 2008 description

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The death toll from floods in southeastern Ethiopia has risen to 17 and more than 100,000 people have been left homeless, the government said on Friday.

The Wabe Shebelle river burst its banks last weekend after 10 days of heavy rain in the highlands, drowning thousands of livestock, wrecking crops and submerging scores of villages.

Gouled Ahmed, head of the region's Disaster Prevention Department, said three of the 17 dead were eaten by crocodiles that were flushed into residential areas by the raging waters.

The remote region is prone to …

17 Nov 2008 description

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A river in Ethiopia's highlands burst its banks after heavy rains, killing 11 people and stranding hundreds more, the state news agency said on Monday.

Flooding from the Wabe Shebelle river in southeast Ethiopia has submerged more than 100 villages, regional relief boss Eremdan Haji was quoted as saying by the Ethiopian News Agency.

"Inhabitants in 116 villages in an area covering a 90-km (56-mile) radius have been stranded on hillocks surrounded by the flood water," he said.

"Efforts to rescue hundreds of marooned people have …

27 Oct 2008 description
report EastAfrican

By ZACHARY OCHIENG

The World Health Organisation says hunger, preventable diseases and poor healthcare are the main humanitarian risks facing millions in Ethiopia who are affected or displaced by drought, flooding and insecurity.

The Ethiopian Humanitarian Crisis Update says that WHO will expand its support to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and other partners to provide enhanced emergency health responses and ensure the health sector is prepared to handle future …

19 Oct 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The Red Cross is starting to look at how to cut costs ahead of an expected fall-off in funding in the wake of the global financial crisis, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Sunday.

"If it continues, if there is no turnaround fairly quickly, it (the financial crisis) will have a serious impact (on funding), no doubt," Bekele Geleta said in an interview in Johannesburg on the eve of a three-day meeting of Africa's 53 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

The IFRC's annual …

15 Oct 2008 description

By Megan Rowling

DUBLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The U.N. food agency expects to feed around a third more hungry people next year, as the global financial crisis adds to the pressure of high food prices on poor nations, a top official said on Wednesday.

Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director at the U.N.

13 Oct 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa, 13 October 2008 - Ethiopia's government is coming in for fierce criticism over a draft law before parliament that would prohibit or criminalize many activities of foreign charities and NGOs. VOA's Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports the bill is almost certain to pass easily in a legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Ethiopia's ruling party.

Ethiopian officials have told western diplomats that parliament will approve a proposed Charities and Societies Proclamation within weeks.

13 Oct 2008 description
report Voice of America

Peacekeeping units from Jordan, Kenya and other countries began leaving Ethiopia in August. The state-run Ethiopian News Agency Monday said the last batch of peacekeepers, a battalion from India, left the city of Mekele on Sunday.

There was no immediate confirmation from the U.N.

The U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea watched the tense border between the two countries for seven and a half years. The Security Council shut down the mission in July, saying the countries had rejected options for a continued presence.

The U.N.

13 Oct 2008 description

By Andrew Heavens

KHARTOUM, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Sudan summoned the Kenyan and Ethiopian ambassadors on Monday to protest against what it said were illegal shipments of arms to its semi-autonomous south, state media reported.

Khartoum was protesting over "violations" linked to an arms shipment seized by pirates off Somalia's coast that Western diplomats said was bound for south Sudan, and a plane-load of weapons from Addis Ababa, state news agency SUNA reported.

SUNA stopped short of accusing Ethiopia and Kenya of directly supplying the arms to south Sudan, which won …

19 Sep 2008 description

By Daniel Wallis

NAIROBI, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Ogaden rebels demanded on Friday that the U.N. Security Council secure an aid corridor to their homeland where they said people were starving behind a military blockade.

Since June last year the Ethiopian military has been waging an offensive against separatist guerrillas that has cut off access for most aid workers and journalists to the ethnically Somali region.

"The situation is getting out of hand.

19 Sep 2008 description
report JoongAng Daily

The Somali Peninsula, better known as The Horn of Africa, is the easternmost tip of the African continent. The region contains the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, covering approximately 2 million square kilometers, nine times the size of the Korean Peninsula.

During the years 1982 to 1992, more than 2 million people in the region died in war-related famine.

18 Sep 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa - A senior U.S. aid agency official predicts there will be no famine this year in the Horn of Africa, even though conditions are worse than during previous periods of catastrophic food shortage. VOA's Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports East Africa remains the region of the world hardest hit by the global food crisis.

Michael Hess of the U.S.

05 Sep 2008 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Some 3 million children are at risk of death, disease and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa as aid fails to flow, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

More then 14 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti are critically affected, and the numbers are "on an alarming upward trajectory," UNICEF said.

"Strong national leadership is needed at this critical juncture, and more international funding must be quickly mobilized," UNICEF's Regional Director for East and Southern Africa Per Engebak …

25 Aug 2008 description

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Flooding in Ethiopia's western Gambella region has killed three people, displaced thousands and destroyed crops, an official said on Monday.

"Flash floods following heavy rains for nearly a week have caused major rivers in Gambella to burst their banks, submerging residential areas and farmlands and forcing 18,000 people to be displaced", said Akway Ojulu, head of emergency assistance in Gambella.

"So far we have reports of the deaths of three people including one child," he told Reuters by telephone.

Ethiopia faces seasonal …

31 Jul 2008 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, July 31 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday it wanted to resolve a border impasse with Eritrea by dialogue, but might defend itself if its Red Sea neighbour violated its territory.

Eritrea is angry that the United Nations has not enforced a 2007 ruling by an independent boundary commission awarding most of the territory in dispute along their 1,000 km (620 mile) border to Eritrea.

The U.N.

31 Jul 2008 description

July 31 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday it wanted to resolve a border impasse with Eritrea by dialogue, but might defend itself if its Red Sea neighbour violated its territory.

A 1998-2000 border conflict between the two nations had claimed some 70,000 lives but the dispute over the frontier has never been resolved.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED:

1952 - Eritrea, a former Italian colony and U.N.

29 Jul 2008 description

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is planning to disband its peacekeeping mission to the volatile border between Eritrea and Ethiopia after Eritrea forced out most of the U.N.

24 Jul 2008 description
report Mail and Guardian

Soaring food prices are threatening to trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in East Africa, where people are struggling to afford basic food, development charity Oxfam warned on Thursday.

The British-based group appealed for funds to support emergency aid across the region, where it said millions face being tipped towards severe hunger in countries including Somalia and Ethiopia.

"This is a catastrophe in the making. We have time to act to before it becomes a reality," said Oxfam's Rob McNeil, who recently returned from the region.

Skyrocketing food prices are …